Tara, mum to Sophia, says,
“My waters broke at 6 am. I went to hospital, but they sent me home and told me to return when the contractions were closer. I kept telling my midwife I felt hot. They checked my temp and said it was fine but could be the baby’s temp. They gave me paracetamol through an IV drip, and then once Sophia was born an hour later, she had a temp of 38.6oC.
They took Sophia to neonatal. I asked where my baby was. It had been three hours. They said she was fine and a doctor would come as they were doing tests. I went and saw her an hour later. She had IV drips in. They said she could come to the ward with me.
My parents and Sophia’s dad all rushed in and said we needed to take the baby for a lumbar puncture. She was about six hours old then and had to stay in neonatal for 24 hours. A doctor later came and said there was a 50/50 chance she’d survive as she had group B Strep infection. I asked what it was as I had no idea, but was only told she was really poorly. While Sophia was in neonatal, no one came to me to see if I was ok. Every time I went to ask. I was told a doctor would come to talk to me.
Now she is a happy-go-lucky nine-year-old.”